Bruce Arians wants his players to play smarter

AP

The Cardinals made an unexpected plunge in 2016 from Final Four to 7-8-1. One of the problems, according to the team’s head coach, comes from mental errors made by the players. And while Bruce Arians is hoping for those mistakes to end, he still sees them happening.

Arians wasn’t thrilled with blunders that occurred during a two-minute drill in practice on Thursday.

The young guys panicked,” Arians said, via azcentral.com. “When the clock is running, we have a certain play we go to, and, sh-t, they lined up all over the place. Those are the types of things that get you beat.”

Arians is working also to eliminate mistakes that aren’t as glaring, since those can ultimately be the difference between a win and a loss. To improve the situation, Arians has broken out his “accountability sheet” earlier than usual, logging all blunders from all players in the hopes of minimizing them not only in training camp and the regular season but during offseason workouts.

“More accountability,” Arians said when explaining the change.

They need something to get more victories. The best news is that a team once was a perennial doormat now has much higher expectations. The bad news will come for plenty of players and others if the performance doesn’t improve and the accountability comes from the top of the organization.

20 responses to “Bruce Arians wants his players to play smarter

  1. NFC West was pretty bad all-around last year. Hawks won division with 10 wins, rest of teams won 13 combined. Just a few years ago, many people said this was the league’s toughest division.

  2. aj66shanghai says:
    Jun 3, 2017 1:18 PM
    NFC West was pretty bad all-around last year. Hawks won division with 10 wins, rest of teams won 13 combined. Just a few years ago, many people said this was the league’s toughest division.

    And in 2010, the Seahawks won the division with a 7-9 record, and a -97 point differential, which according to Pythagorean expectations would yield on average 5.5 wins.

  3. Accountability? How about a mirror. The Patriots consistantly make less mental errors than their opponents. Gives them a big edge. Wonder who’s responsible

  4. And the fans would like to see the front office making smarter decisions. Accountability starts at the top. Let’s see some leadership among the coaches without expecting the veterans to shoulder to load.

  5. An “unexpected plunge?” Not to anybody in Seattle. The Cardinals simply came back to Earth in 2016 as the 8-8 team they always were. They have a thin roster filled with older players and guys who can’t stay healthy or have drug problems. This year they have a tougher schedule and at best are looking at 8-8 again. Time for Keim to punt and bring in a coach who can start the rebuilding process. Meanwhile, the Seahawks will run away with the division again.

  6. And the fans would like to see the front office making smarter decisions. Accountability starts at the top. Let’s see some leadership among the coaches without expecting the veterans to shoulder to load.And the fans would like to see the front office making smarter decisions. Accountability starts at the top. Let’s see some leadership among the coaches without expecting the veterans to shoulder to load

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    Could you please explain what the front office needs to do better for the to win more games????

    They draft pretty decent, keep their nose outta the play calling, & aren’t a bunch of drunken bums……WHAT DO YOU WANT THEM TO CHANGE?????

  7. Arians is over-rated.
    Cards will never make a Super Bowl with him as head coach.

  8. I hope his name is at the top of the accountability sheet otherwise it’s just another of his weird coaching ways.

  9. ….and Again. The Cardinals STILL in the heads of the 2012s.

    Why do you guys post so much about a team that is soooo bad?

    Still scared eh? Looks that way.

  10. seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 3, 2017 5:09 PM
    An “unexpected plunge?” Not to anybody in Seattle. The Cardinals simply came back to Earth in 2016 as the 8-8 team they always were. They have a thin roster filled with older players and guys who can’t stay healthy or have drug problems.
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    Who on the Cards has a drug problem? The same can be said for the Seahawks…they had several players busted for aderall. The only players the Cards have had who were trouble makers are Darryl Washington and Michael Floyd and they were both cut. The Cards run a tight ship, they don’t tolerate players with off the field issues.

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